An interview with Brian Skelton about the Conference
When and where was the Conference?
The Conference was in Ashford in Kent at the Ashford International Hotel from Friday 3rd May to Sunday 6th May.
What was the Programme for Conference over the 3 days?There were 10 Workshops and 4 Contests – Table Topics – International speech – Evaluation – Humorous Speech Contests. The first time all 4 Contests have been run in a weekend I thought it run really well and went very smoothly.
There was two Keynote speeches a gala Dinner Dance on the Saturday night.
I was asked by Andy Hammond the outgoing District 91 Director if I would do a Toast to TMI Toastmasters International. I was very happy and honoured to be asked.
You can see a video of the Toast I did at the bottom of this Blog.
There was two top tables at the Dinner and I sat at the 2and top table to be honest I was scared as I did not know any of the other guests at the Table and I found it difficult to hold a conversation once the Dinner started I felt less nervous and was able to talk to the other guests.
One of the things I was pleased with was that I did not use a mike and I was able to project my voice which is one of the things that helps you when you have a stammer.
How many Conferences have you been to and do you think they are value for the money?
This was my 6th Toastmasters Conference.
Yes they are quite expensive you pay for the Conference which includes the food, but you can pay for separate events 1, 2, or 3 days or as I did an early bird ticket which included everything. Then you pay for the Hotel if you are staying or you can stay elsewhere if you wish a B&B.
I do think they are value for money it all depends what you want to get out of it you learn so much as well.
Do you know anything about next year’s event?
Yes I do I know it’s going to be held in Canary Wharf in London so it will be easier to get to if you live around London.
It will be held over the May Bank holiday 2020 as soon as I know anything I will let the Members of the club know.
Do you know anything about the International speech Contest 2020?
Yes I know it’s going to be held in Paris I have never been to an International speech contest so this would be a good chance to be able to go to one.